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Concept Sketch: Darryl Briggs by Cryptcrawler Concept Sketch: Darryl Briggs by Cryptcrawler
So I decided to go ahead and take advantage of a few days off while waiting for sketch approvals from a client and crank out some more character development work for the graphic novel.


Since the characters in the more recent pre-production stuff seemed to feel more developed I figured I should definitely go back and flesh our Darryl ( the main character) some more - and im glad I did!
I really enjoyed working on this one because it allowed me to get into Darryl's head and psychology a little more, in addition to making some hard decisions about his age, profession and attitude.
Instead of him being a CID agent ive decided to make him an FBI agent since they have broader federal powers at thier disposal and from what im understanding through my research - have a little more clout within law enforcement agencies.
Ive also decided to make him about 45 years old for a variety of reasons, none of which I can really give away aside from wanting him to come across as being wiser, warmer and fitting the "haunted veteran" character role a little tighter.

I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for coming by and showing interest in my art and leaving comments, it means a lot to me.

Stay tuned for more!

UPDATED 5/26/10 - relit and corrected some scaling/lighting issues
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you got the traits of this character spot on; he's hard but not an ass, he's human, he's mortal, he's old and experienced, a person who has been there and one can see it in the eyes.

This is an excellent piece of art and one I am proud of coming across - I have no idea how far this has got, but I hope its gone somewhere.

Excellent sir.
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muffincheese Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
When and where can I purchase this graphic novel? Every one of these concept sketches could easily be a framed piece of art on a wall...
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teutelquessir Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
He reminds me a little bit of Dennis Haysbert. I love the skin color and textures. The expression really comes through as that of a mature man who has seen (and possibly done) terrible things. Beautiful work!
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BRIAR-SPIKE Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite one! Beautiful
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:iconsanchiko:
Sanchiko Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Probably you one of the best artists I ever seen :psychotic:
Awsome
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:iconthesmilingpsycho:
TheSmilingPsycho Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
tony todd mixed with denzel
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:iconquivin:
Quivin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the skin texture, it looks just how it should, and denotes just the right level of aging.
Everything else is spot on as well.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
I appreciate it, thanks!
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:iconthinsoldier:
thinsoldier Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
"Are you in good hands?"
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Im always in good hands
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
I like it and want to ask you how your going to make him unique with all the strong and memorable archetypes of this type of character? Thinking X-Files and Predator 2 (Glover and David Duchovny) for example. Your quote very much reminds me of both and a number of others.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Thanks!
I think ill differentiate him by his mannerisms and personality.
His back story - that unfolds during the comic - will also make him unique, at least I hope so
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sabadavani Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Perfect.This is really feeling
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
thank you so much!
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:icontama-o-hoi:
Tama-o-hoi Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dennis Haybert? - the pressident from 24?
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Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
He is definitely an influence for tis character, one of several.
But I didnt sit down and copy a photo of him if thats what you mean - but I think I went too heavy with some of his hallmark anatomical features
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Tama-o-hoi Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, its awesome! - wish I had your talent ;) I was just seeing if I was right, lol :D
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, amazing work man.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
thanks very much!
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Cookie-Splinters Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XD sorry for trying to link your artistic influences, but I think he looks kinda like Denzel Washington..

okay, there.. I'm done trolling.. whee *frolics off somewhere*
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Nah its not trolling.
This guy is a comination of densel washingon, carl weathers and dennis haysbert - just some of my favorite actors for various reasons
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Cookie-Splinters Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I do love Densel ^^ the others.. dunno them so well.

XD sorry, just that I feel like when I go about, writing the same thing on deviations all the time, it feels like trolling. I deal with them all day, so I pray to whatever proverbial god, that I won't come across like them, in any way.
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Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Your always going to get people who feel the need to spend thier time ripping on other peoples work, usually its out of jealousy of either that persosns talent or willingness to work hard to be good.

A forum like the internet that provides total anonymity is always going to attract the lowest common denominator of human bieng in abundance; who derive meaning and pleasure from sniping at others efforts and character from behind the saftey of a computer screen.

So I make an effort to promote as much positive, honest conversation as I can - especially if its with someone of an opposing view.

Dont worry - you dont come across like a troll in the least
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think its tragic that people rip into works of others.

ME, I am envious of the skill here, but it's well earned, and stuff like this makes me want to do better; that is the way :)
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Cookie-Splinters Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm, mostly its disapproval of what people draw that I'm confronted with; they find it in their right to ban ideas outright, whether it be girls with pink hair, anthropomorphic humans or just androgynous males; I find that people are near militant and do not understand when they're overshooting the community rules and just trying to push their preferences on others.

Some people also only exist here as the total douchebags they appear to be, since here they find themselves shielded and protected from bodily harm.. and so on.

^^ that's the sane thing to do, I'm just constantly fearing whenever I'm not sailing with the winds of conduct and etiquette on my side.

:phew: thanks ^^
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Diswir Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome job!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
thanks very much diswir!
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Kamikazuh Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, as usually :)

I have a little question tho, why there comes such a strong shadow right next to strong light? (on our right side of his face) I've been wondering this for a while now, and don't know actually what to google.. You must be busy so no worries if you can't answer.

Oh, what happened to those emo boy and girl? (Saw them on conceptart.org) Didn't fit in story?
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Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
The emo boy and girl are laying in the circular fileing cabinet (trash can) for now, they may end up in it as extras
That strong shadow is created by a powerful rim light lighting from over his shoulder while a soft light is above and to the left.
That area of the face would be obscured.
Keep in mind this is also a rough sketch, not finalized.
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GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student General Artist
He reminds me of a weathered Denzel Washington.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Cool, he is defintely an ingredient in what I envision for this character
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MewOfTheClouds Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
SECONDEDED. was going to mention this but haha yeah you took the words out of my mouth.
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GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student General Artist
=3
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angelitoon Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
VERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Thanks!
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angelitoon Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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ViTong4 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
what program do you use for digital art? i'm trying realism but every time i draw people they don't turn out quite right ^^"
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Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
photoshop 7
It takes years of practice, hours and hours a day of drawing, not the program
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:iconvitong4:
ViTong4 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
ah

is it similar to traditional painting techniques?
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I wouldnt know, I always failed miserably at tradition mediums like ink and oils
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:iconvitong4:
ViTong4 Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
i think your miserable fails are better than what i'm capable of as of now ^^"
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ShiNiQ Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He uses photoshop I think, the bread and butter of every good digital artist imo.
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:iconvitong4:
ViTong4 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
:3

corel and photoshop are both so amazing oAo buht so expensive too x_o
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:iconvitong4:
ViTong4 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
gawd i thought it was a photo at first @_@


so amazing
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Glad you like it, thanks!
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